Knicks Morning News (2017.02.12)

  • [NYPost] Knicks veteran set to return and is looking to bolster defense
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:53:08 PM)

    The headaches are gone — at least for Knicks forward Lance Thomas, who is expected to return Sunday against the Spurs at the Garden. Thomas has missed the last 14 games with a fractured right orbital bone. While working his way back, he experienced headaches that sent him to a specialist. Now the biggest headache…

  • [NYPost] Jeff Hornacek made Knicks painfully relive their horror show
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:45:50 PM)

    One day after coach Jeff Hornacek lambasted the defense — or non-defense — of his starters, saying they should be “embarrassed” by how they played, the lone player who spoke to the media Saturday was Lance Thomas. Thomas last played Jan. 15 at Toronto, where he suffered a fractured orbital bone. Thomas made valid points…

  • [NYPost] Charles Oakley wasn’t only fan ejected for bad-mouthing Dolan
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:55:57 PM)

    Charles Oakley wasn’t the only fan ejected at the Knicks game Wednesday. According to a Garden source, a fan was thrown out for yelling obscenities at Knicks team owner James Dolan, before the Oakley incident. Though Oakley’s incident escalated and resulted in the arrest of the Knicks legend, the ouster of the unidentified fan did…

  • [NYPost] Behind the Charles Oakley T-shirts that could take over MSG
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:40:48 PM)

    One Knicks fan had a “Free Oakley’’ sign taken away by Garden security Friday night. Nevertheless, with a new wardrobe item now available, it is doubtful James Dolan protesters will have the shirt ripped off their backs Sunday. A company co-owned by ex-Knick Chris Smith started producing blue “I’m With Oakley’’ T-shirts that its investors…

  • [NYPost] Oakley: Does Dolan think I’m an alcoholic because I help alcoholics?
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:53:32 AM)

    Charles Oakley says he doesn’t have a problem with alcohol and has been active in helping others with the disease. While owner James Dolan has accused him of likely being an alcoholic in banning him from the Garden, Oakley continues to help fight alcoholism in supporting his friend, ex-Net Jayson Williams, and assisting at treatment centers…

  • [SNY Knicks] GEICO SportsNite: Knicks have long practice ahead of Sunday’s game
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:33:18 PM)

    SNY’s Taylor Rooks reports from the Knicks practice facility where head coach Jeff Hornacek touches on improving their effort in games.

  • [SNY Knicks] Larry Johnson considers skipping Knicks games amid Oakley’s ban
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:59:49 PM)

    Former Knick Larry Johnson currently works for the team, but he is not sure if he will show up for work following owner James Dolan’s decision to ban his former teammate, Charles Oakley, from Madison Square Garden.

  • [SNY Knicks] Oakley says he does not have drinking problem
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:13:57 PM)

    Despite Knicks owner James Dolan’s remarks that Charles Oakley might have a drinking problem, Oakley told the New York Post that he does not have an issue with alcohol and has actually been helping others that do.

  • [SNY Knicks] Thomas in, Noah out for Sunday’s game against Spurs
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:42:11 PM)

    Lance Thomas will return to the lineup Sunday against the Spurs while Joakim Noah is expected to sit out again, reports Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

  • [SNY Knicks] Knicks send Plumlee, Ndour to D-League
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:49:21 PM)

    The Knicks have assigned Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour to Westchester of the D-League, the team announced Saturday.

  • [SNY Knicks] Is it time for the Knicks to look toward future?
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 2:30:55 PM)

    Over the last four games, the Knicks have averaged an impressive 112.3 points per game. Unfortunately, the problem is that they’ve lost all four contests.

  • [SNY Knicks] Dolan, Oakley took vastly different paths to Madison Square Garden
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 12:23:47 PM)

    Former Knicks legend Charles Oakley worked hard to have a successful career in the NBA, while owner James Dolan’s life has been the almost the exact opposite, says The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski in a video essay.

  • [SNY Knicks] Anthony says Knicks have ‘cloud’ hanging over team
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:24:56 AM)

    With struggles on the court and controversy off of it, the Knicks have a “cloud” hanging over them, according to Carmelo Anthony.

  • [NYDN] Jeff Hornacek now trying to get Knicks vets to just play hard
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:03:13 PM)

    As the saying goes, you can’t coach effort.

  • [NYDN] Kristaps Porzingis should look carefully at latest Knicks drama
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:05:00 PM)

    Why would Porzingis possibly want to lock himself in with the Knicks for the prime of his career?

  • [NYDN] Larry Johnson torn between loyalty to Dolan, Oakley
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:00:00 PM)

    Larry Johnson finds himself in the most uncomfortable of places.

  • [NYDN] Why Dolan’s return to spotlight is bad news for Phil Jackson
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 9:46:39 AM)

    Seriously though, Dolan’s return to the spotlight, after he stuck MSG security on Charles Oakley is terrible news for Phil Jackson.

  • [NYTimes] Draymond Green Records a Triple-Double With Just 4 Points
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:21:24 AM)

    Green had 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in the Golden State Warriors’ 122-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ drama might scare off potential free agents
    (Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:15:02 AM)

    The Knicks’ wild week might have sent up red flags to potential free agents about the direction of the franchise. Until something changes drastically, quality players might be deterred from considering the Knicks.

  • [NY Newsday] Charles Oakley had a pool altercation in Las Vegas
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:53:38 PM)

    Hundreds of court papers obtained by Newsday show similarities regarding how quickly both incidents involving Oakley and security officers escalated.

  • [NY Newsday] Knicks’ Saturday practice all about getting stops on defense
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:28:48 PM)

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — After Friday night’s 131-123 loss to the Nuggets, a fuming coach Jeff Hornacek said the Knicks “should be embarrassed the way we couldn’t guard anybody.”

  • [ESPN] Oakley responds to Dolan: I’m not an alcoholic
    (Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:23:07 PM)

    Oakley responds to Dolan: I’m not an alcoholic

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